Where we stayed: Hotel Cubo
A small hotel; a 5 min walk from the Old Town as can be seen in the above photo. The exterior is Art Deco style and the interior is very modern. Our room was quite spacious and reasonably priced at the time…no memorable view like other hotels but enough light to make it feel pleasant enough. We were out and about a lot (so much to see/do around this beautiful small city & surrounding countryside) so we hardly spent anytime in the room anyway.
There are many day trips that can be done from Ljubljana – this was one of our favourite days. A long walk beside a river/falls with a stop for coffee at the top…very civilised! It might sound a bit like a touristy place but it wasn’t – there weren’t many people on the track except for our small group (again organised through Roundabout Travel – they picked us up from our hotel). Anyone with average fitness could manage this walk although there are slippery areas along the way (I took my walking poles).
Day trip to Lake Bled (again with a small group organised by Roundabout Travel). There was snow on some of the surrounding mountains even though a beautifully warm day. At this cafe we tried Slovenia’s traditional cream cake (photo in next post) similar to what Australians call a Vanilla Slice. There was also a history museum within this castle.
Another view of Lake Bled below – to the left is a cafe where we had a light lunch.
There were pretty scenes all around Lake Bled. By the time we tried to take photos from higher up (in order to photograph the entire lake) it had become cloudy. However, there are lots of aerial photos on the Net which give a better sense of it’s grandeur and history – with many ancient castles and buildings beautifully restored in and around this region too.
MEMORABLE TRAIN TRIP FROM LJUBLJANA to SALZBURG, AUSTRIA…& not in a good way!
(Note: we presume that at the time of writing this (2016) the rail line has been upgraded so others probably won’t experience these problems. We’ve also noted that between our travels from 05 to ’16 that English is on the increase just about everywhere in Europe so breakdowns in communication like this are now rare.)
Our train trip to Salzburg could be described as one of the more memorable (looking back, quite amusing) as there were a few problems along the way. Due to the upgrade of train tracks, half way through the journey the train stopped and a conductor came through the carriages (speaking in Slovenian…she had v little English) giving an instruction. When I saw people getting their luggage down & moving off the train I got concerned as Tony was in another carriage (I think he was at the kiosk) and I wanted to wait for his return. I tried explaining that to the conductor – she listened carefully but didn’t respond at all. Another English speaking tourist (a very loud & bossy man) started telling me to “just get off the train!!” I ignored his rudeness and not long after saw a bus pull up beside the train. Tony was standing next to the bus with the lovely conductor and our luggage, waving for me to now get off the train & onto the bus. So all was well but who should I sit close to (as we were seated last) but the aggro man shouting at me to “get off the train!!”. He had more insults to throw at me – but his wife or partner very timidly asked him to stop. I wasn’t frightened of him, although I did feel the best strategy was to ignore him for the duration of the bus trip – about an hour or so. I reminded myself that it’s so rare to encounter anyone like that on trains…interesting thing was that we were on a First Class fare – on this occasion it may have been better to travel Economy! We have met some super interesting, young backpackers in Economy class…see our Poland to Germany post.
Our 2 months in Europe on this particular trip continued on to Austria (Salzburg & Vienna); Budapest and Prague…more to come in future weeks.